I don’t know what looks tastier in that picture, the steak or the cutting board, but both look damn good. The ‘Cutting Board & Tray,’ designed by Netherland-based Vacu Vin, is a unique approach to preparing food.
Those of you who are clean-freaks would thoroughly enjoy the simplistic, yet functional styrene acrylonitrile tray that easily slides in and out of the cutting board. You could either put your waste or finished cuts in the tray; either way, it saves space and adds usability. Also, the slit on the sides of the cutting board act as a filter to redirect any juice or water leaking from the cuts.
The overall aesthetic of this cutting board is beautifully sleek and minimal. There aren’t many decent looking cutting boards out there besides this one. White and black contrasts mixed in with a glassy acrylic material is definitely a good-looking combination.
I recently re-read Don Norman’s, ‘Design of Everyday Things,’ and I must say, the ‘Cutting Board and Tray’ adheres to the logical principles Norman presents in his book concerning intelligent design. I realize a cutting board isn’t a complex piece of machinery that requires a steep learning curve, but any design that is easily understandable, useful, and sensible to the user is already better than most.